Study: Seatbelt Use on the Rise

Study: Seatbelt Use on the Rise

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- More and more Utah drivers are buckling up before they hit the road. That's according to a new study by the Utah Highway Safety Office.

The study shows approximately 86-point-nine percent of drivers and front-seat passengers in six Utah counties wear their seatbelts. That's a one-point-two percent increase from 2004.

Utah Highway Safety program manager Kristy Rigby says the state has seen an increase now for seven years.

In June, U-H-P officers surveyed more than 63-thousand drivers in Cache, Davis, Salt Lake, Utah, Washington and Weber counties.

The survey says five out of the six counties had an increase in usage from last year. While, Salt Lake County's usage rate was down four-point-six percent. The study also found females and people traveling on highways or freeways buckle up more often.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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